Obama praises Lynch as tough-but-fair attorney general

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, second from left, next to President Barack Obama, participates in a formal investiture ceremony, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Warner Theatre in Washington. From left are, the president, the attorney general, her husband Stephen Hargrove, father Lorenzo Lynch, mother Lorine Lynch, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is praising Attorney General Loretta Lynch for hitting the ground running as the American people’s lawyer.

The president says Lynch is proving herself to be a tough but fair attorney general, and he says she sticks to following the law as her road map.

Obama made his remarks Wednesday at a second, ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Lynch at the Warner Theatre, not far from the White House.

Lynch was officially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on April 27, but attorneys general often have a second swearing-in ceremony that more people can attend.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN’-ya soh-toh-my-YOR’) performed the second, ceremonial swearing-in.

Lynch chose to use a Bible that once belonged to African-American human rights leader Frederick Douglass.